Conservation-withdrawal should be included in the differential diagnosis of the withdrawn, apathetic medical patient. The clinician's awareness of the conservation-withdrawal phenomenon can avert the unnecessary use of psychotropic medications and avoid the alienation that arises between the patient and his primary physician when an unwarranted psychiatric diagnosis is applied. Recognizing the distinction between conservation-withdrawal and clinical depression permits the primary physician to utilize his own skills in supporting his patient.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health